Yep, well, here I am taking the one piece of advice from writers/bloggers everywhere, the piece of advice that everyone seems to agree on these days: that if I want any chance of being a well-known and developing a fan-base, then I must first embrace blogging.
I.e. telling you my thoughts about things you may get bored of hearing about. Unless I do really well as an author, then you’ll eat up anything I say. Funny how that works, eh?
I do wonder what I’ll post up here. I don’t feel qualified to give any writing advice. It isn’t that I’m a negative person, it’s just the process of writing is long and tedious, but I still love it. I mean hell, it takes precedence over everything else in my life. Call me obsessed, call me passionate, call me unhealthy, but I LOVE writing. And I can’t get enough of it. So maybe this blogging thing will suit me after all.
I have a confession, this isn’t my first blog, but I never thought I’d be keeping one for writing. I’m no editor. I’m no expert. So why the hell would anyone want to read this? Well, guess I’ll find out one day when I’m *cough* published *cough* (over hopeful? Absolutely).
From everything I’ve read so far, the chance of being published traditionally is slim. The chance of being self-published is dependent on me, but whether I make a sale or not is a lottery ticket, right? They suggest you need to have 20 ebooks published in order to start bringing in any sort of income. 20 ebooks?? 20 fantasy stories?? That’s about 5 years of writing, surely? I mean, if people are producing more than 4 books a year shouldn’t we be questioning the quality of these books. Oh I know there are exceptions, but honestly how many? And if you can spit out books at 1 a month, then maybe a good story is better than a well written one. But can those two aspects be untangled? I don’t think so.
Don’t listen to me though, I don’t have any ‘professionalism’ to back that up. I can tell you one thing, there’s a lot of people claiming to be writing experts. They give advice, create ‘how-to’ ebooks, but do they really have the writing success formula? I’m skeptical.
The problem with writing is the formula for success is everchaging and ambiguous. I’m not in this to be successful in the sense of ‘hiting the jackpot’. A few devoted readers, some decent pocket change that will validate the large amounts of time I spend writing my stories and maybe enough to cover bills or even cover chinese take-out. Jackpot for me would be enough money to cover the cost of some self-publishing endeavours (including covers, decent editor/copy writer etc).
Wouldn’t it be nice?